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Sustainable Fashion

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OUR SUSTAINABILITY STATEMENT

Fashion contributes over 8 percent of all greenhouse gases and, if things continue as is, by 2050 more than 25 percent of the entire global carbon budget will go to this one industry.

The carbon hotspot is at the mills (the places that spin the fiber into yarn and weave that yarn into fabric). More than 75 percent of the carbon footprint in the entire lifecycle of our clothing takes place there. To make things super clear, a company is only doing “sustainability” if they are lowering the carbon footprint of their mills. Doing this isn’t rocket science; it’s a matter of bringing in consultants to make the mills more energy efficient and changing the energy supply to renewables (and away from sources like coal). Or in our case concentrating on working with hand woven fabrics. Many crafters in India still hand weave fabric on wooden looms.

Handweaving on wooden handloom india 

 

It is our mission to make beautiful clothes in a beautiful way. Sandhya Garg stands for style in fashion, and our collections are designed with integrity and hand made with care, to last. We have built respectful, mutually beneficial, long-term partnerships with our factories and other suppliers, based on the highest standards of ethics and professionalism. We want to protect the environment and actively choose to work with the most energy efficient, least to zero fabric wastage and water efficient production processes available to us.
We are looking for the best long-term solutions to ensure our business is as responsible as possible, and we actively engage in initiatives, business methods and systems that promote human rights, support communities and protect our natural environment. Our design, sourcing, retail and logistics teams are constantly evaluating the best options in this fast-changing space, from fabric printing methods, materials and trims right through to packaging and delivery. We welcome new ideas and innovations. Our approach is practical, research-driven and open-minded.

Our Pillars of Sustainability

  • Small batch production- We manufacture against order, and usually do manufacturing in small batches to ensure less wastage of fabric and better craftsmanship. Each garment is worked on individually ensuring highest manufacturing quality. 

  • Sustainably sourced fabrics- We source our fabrics from local Indian weavers ensuring we give due respect to Indian textiles and crafts. Fabrics woven on handlooms, recycled from old sarees are also given high importance.
  • Partnering with women owned factories- Most of factories we work with are women owned and employee a majority of women. The jobs created give these women self respect, and ability to afford a better life for themselves and their families.
  • Minimal to zero waste manufacturing- We strive to reduce, recycle and reuse across all aspects of our business. Over many years, we have developed rigorous, consistent processes to monitor our partner factories and ensure they are complying with best industry practice and international standards.
  • High quality, natural fibers are at the heart of Sandhya Garg collections, with silk, linen and cottons currently making more than half of our range. Sandhya Garg creates luxury garments and accessories that are designed to be treasured. We don’t chase trends. There is always an element of timelessness to our designs.

    We know that our customers collect our pieces and consider them precious. Sandhya Garg pieces have multiple lives thanks to their high value on the resale market. In today’s fast fashion context, when many clothes are designed to be disposable, this is meaningful. We celebrate Indian craftsmanship, highly skilled artisanal techniques and textiles, through our unique prints, custom-designed trims and finishes. Many of our garments feature intricate embellishments and handwork that take many hours, and great heritage expertise, to produce.


These are clothes our customers invest in, and we invest in them too: with time, care and obsessive attention to detail, from the design stage right through to the finished garment. This is what we mean when talk about creating collections for durability and longevity.
  • Efficient Printing of Fabrics- As a print house, we care about our water footprint and place water stewardship in high priority. In order to achieve the best possible colours and finishes, almost all of our print fabrics are digitally printed. This process uses around 60% less water than screen printing. Our suppliers use eco-friendly, low-waste techniques, and water-based dyes.
Digitally printed dress
     

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